MERCER COUNTY — A well site emergency first responders training program will be offered in Mercer, in November, at the Mercer County Department of Public Safety.

This informative program continues the efforts of State Fire Commissioner Ed Mann to reduce the number of firefighter injuries and line-of-duty deaths.

Originally funded by the Marcellus Shale Coalition and the Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association, this informative program is a must for fire departments and municipal officials throughout the Commonwealth’s shale gas region.

The Office of the State Fire Commissioner-Pennsylvania State Fire Academy is offering this recently updated 6-hour class.

The program describes the activities that are normally a part of a Marcellus Shale Gas Field project and some of the emergencies that could occur at or near the site.

Subjects included in the “Well Site Emergency First Responders’ program include well site selection and preparation, rigging up and well construction, completing the well and rigging down, the the production phase including typical equipment found on a pad in production, and the role of the emergency responder.

Past emergency incidents from gas pads are reviewed and discussed.

The revised program will be offered on Saturday, Nov. 22, at the Mercer County Department of Public Safety, at 205 S. Erie St., Mercer.

The class starts at 9 a.m.

To register, complete an Alternative Energy Emergency Response (AEER) application and click on the “Submit to PSFA” button, or email the application to Lou Ann May, at ra-emaeer@pa.gov.

The registration deadline is noon, on Oct. 31.

Pre-registration is mandatory, and no late enrollments or faxes will be accepted.

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